Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Brora Blended Scotch Whisky (750ml) - First Edition
Brora, a long gone distillery whose few remaining casks occassionally appear in Diageo’s annual Special Release series has become a highly coveted (and expensive) whisky. This release marks the first edition in the Ghost and Rare series, "crafted using irreplaceable malts from ‘ghost’ distilleries that have long since closed, together with other rare malt and grain scotch.”
Created by Master Blender Dr. Jim Beveridge, this composition includes malt and grain whiskies from eight distilleries, three of which are closed. In addition to the aforementioned Brora, the other two closed distilleries included are Pittyvaich and Cambus, the remainder being the still active Clynelish, Royal Lochnagar, Glenkinchie, Glenlossie and Cameronbridge distillieries. Bottled at 46% ABV, it comes with strong praise from several sources, which makes sense given its provenence. Very collectable.
Other reviews... This is much more muscular than the regular, un-haunted Blue Label. It delivers a multitude of flavors—butter toffee, sweet smoke, citrus peel, and dry spices—tantalizingly peeling off layer after layer, building a slow crescendo to a peak of spices and bitter citrus. Mouth drawing with caramel, apple, pear, and sherbet, a mid-palate of zesty orange and baking spices before topping out with bitter peels, grapefruit, smoke, and sour hard candy.
91 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Jonny McCormick (Spring 2018)
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